R.I.P. Tony Scott

In a strange and shocking turn of events, prolific action movie director Tony Scott died on Sunday from an apparent suicide. He was 68 years-old.

Details are still sketchy at this time. Scott was seen jumping “without hestitation” from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. A suicide note was later found in his office. The contents of that note have not been made public.

Scott is best known as director of such blockbuster hits as ‘Top Gun’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘Crimson Tide’. His working relationship with star Denzel Washington in the latter led to four subsequent collaborations: ‘Man on Fire’, ‘Déjà Vu’, ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’ and the runaway train thriller ‘Unstoppable’, which was the director’s last movie. Widely regarded as his best film was the Quentin Tarantino-scripted ‘True Romance’.

Scott was also an active producer, both in the movies (next year’s ‘Out of the Furnace’ recently completed filming) and on TV. With his brother Ridley Scott, he produced the primetime dramas ‘Numb3rs’ and ‘The Good Wife’.

The following Tony Scott movies are currently available on Blu-ray:

[Source: USA Today]


  1. Sad news. None of us know about his personal life, but on the surface from what little we know publicly, it does seem completely out of the blue and not something you would expect.

  2. JM

    Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer, says ABC News.

    May his wife and twin boys receive the privacy they deserve.

    ‘Man of Fire,’ ‘Crimson Tide,’ and ‘True Romance’ are on the Q.

    • Barsoom Bob

      Yes, I think those are probably the three best Tony Scott films. I personally like the showdown between Gene Hackman and Denzel in Crimson Tide. That was also the first time I became aware of Viggo Mortenson, who had a small part as the buffed up crewman without a shirt.

      I had that chilling feeling it was going to be something like that when I saw the news this morning. Back in the day, Carl Betz, a handsome TV actor who co starred with Donna Reed on her show and had a long TV career into the 70’s, pulled a similar move in a hotel room. It has been white washed in his official bio’s now but he commited medical related suicide because he couldn’t stand the idea of the decline that was going to come.

  3. I went to see ‘The Expendables 2’ last night, and they showed an ad for the ‘Coma’ miniseries. My friend and I then started talking about how the Scott brothers could go on producing miniseries forever.

    ‘True Romance’ is a good movie, but it is also a mess. Several of Tony Scott’s others movies were characteristically entertaining and without pretension. ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ ‘Crimsom Tide,’ and yes the Tom Cruise movies are often imitated but not surpassed. ‘Man on Fire’ and ‘Spygame’ are also pretty decent. Thanks for all the movies Mr. Scott.

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